‘Sheep are your mother’: Rhyta and the interspecies politics in the Neolithic of the eastern Adriatic

  • Dimitrij Mlekuž Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
Keywords: rhyton, animals, archaeology, art, cult, Neolithic, east Adriatic

Abstract

This paper explores the relations between humans and animals through material culture, or more specifically, four-footed vessels also called rhyta (sing. rhyton). I want to suggest that rhyta are not merely artistic representations of something or some kind of cult paraphernalia, but that they embody effective social agency. I place them in the context of human-animal or interspecies politics in the Neolithic of the eastern Adriatic.

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Published
2007-12-31
How to Cite
Mlekuž, D. (2007). ‘Sheep are your mother’: Rhyta and the interspecies politics in the Neolithic of the eastern Adriatic. Documenta Praehistorica, 34, 267-280. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.34.20
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